Our Mission

PrepHQ’s mission is to provide high-quality and affordable test prep to students all over the country. We offer 20-hour weekend camps that go over everything a student needs to know to get into college, starting from acing the ACT or SAT, and then ending with how to craft the perfect application to get into the school of their dreams.


We started this company to democratize access to both test prep and higher education. We know that a high SAT or ACT score can be the key to unlocking college options, and we don't want students to be limited in life because of the results of a single test.


Through our camps, we can help thousands of students get into college... and pay for it too. Plus, we partner with schools and nonprofit organizations that serve low-income students, and we teach many courses at absolutely no cost. The students who attend our normal weekend camps help make this kind of impact possible.

Our Team

Grant McCarty

Founder / Lead Instructor

Grant is the founder of PrepHQ and the company's lead instructor. His testing record includes perfect scores, a U.S. Presidential Scholar nomination, and recognition as a National Merit Scholar. On top of all this, his teaching record is extensive as well. He has over five years of experience working with students individually and in a classroom setting, and he has helped over 1000 students crack the ACT and SAT.

Outside of test prep, Grant recently graduated from the University of Alabama. He was awarded the top scholarship package in the nation while at UA, receiving over $300,000 in merit aid, and he completed his degree in just two years with a 4.0 GPA. He now attends Johns Hopkins University, pursuing his Masters in Business Administration and pitching for their varsity baseball team. He also received the University's top scholarship.

Alex Balasky

Co-Founder / Curriculum Lead

Alex is a National Merit Finalist and stands among the .0002% of individuals who have achieved a perfect score on the ACT. He has previously held positions at two national tutoring companies where he helped guide over 500 students to higher test scores, scholarship awards, and college admissions. Very few instructors in the country have his level of testing knowledge and teaching experience.


Alex currently studies Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Southern California after being awarded $150,000 in scholarship grants. His plan is to attend graduate school for International Economics at the University of Amsterdam.

Cyprien Toffa

Design Lead

Cyprien is in charge of designing PrepHQ's new web app: PrepHQ Connect. This platform will allow us to facilitate long term mentorship between our instructors and students, helping to establish ourselves as more than just a test prep company. The goal is to bridge the gap between our camps and college attendance by providing students in our partner programs with an all-in-one resource for college admissions.  


Cyprien attends the University of Southern California, studying Computer Science and Business Administration. Much of his work focuses on the intersection between education and technology. When not leading digital education initiatives, he is an intern at Facebook, helping design the company's primary app used by billions of people across the globe. He hopes to leverage that experience in his work at PrepHQ.

Our Perfect-Scoring Instructors

Mara Senchak

College of William & Mary

Kiko Demetriou

University of Virginia

Alejandro Banuelos

University of Pennsylvania